What we do

ADV

Global
Advocacy

As governments start to enact ambitious legislation to accelerate the move to decarbonised economies, the LPG industry faces significant challenges, but also great opportunities. In this context, the role of WLPGA as a strong voice of advocacy and clear communications for the industry is crucial. The Advocacy Steering Group (ASG) oversees the creation of coherent and consistent messaging as well as strong advocacy positions that are targeted to key stakeholders. The ASG works closely with national and regional association members to create the necessary communications tools to ensure that decision makers are informed, equipped and knowledgeable about the benefits of LPG.  Advocacy has a dual a focus on the role of LPG in the decarbonisation debate as well as on the role that LPG can play in achieving the development targets set out in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically increasing access to clean, modern energy and improving air quality. A key element of the advocacy outreach is to position LPG has having a critical contribution to a responsible energy future. Please click here to see the WLPGA’s position paper on this issue.

” The great global challenges of 2020 have unequivocally demonstrated the importance of WLPGA’s role as a strong voice of advocacy and communications for the LPG industry. Clear, coherent and consistent messaging as well as strong advocacy positions will be crucial in ensuring that the voice of the industry is heard by key stakeholders and that LPG’s inherent qualities as a fuel are acknowledged and understood. WLPGA will continue moving forward with its advocacy programme to ensure that LPG is recognised as a low carbon, clean burning and accessible fuel which has a role to play in helping countries lower greenhouse gas emissions, increase access to modern energy and improve air quality while ensuring that the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is robust, durable and clean. “
Esther Busscher
Head of Group Public Affairs, SHV Energy, President Liquid Gas Europe & Advocacy Goal Chair

BIM

Business
Improvement

One of the primary objectives of the WLPGA is to promote LPG as a safe and efficient fuel, and enhance the image of the product and the industry. The industry also needs to be agile to change, monitor threats, and identify new opportunities when they emerge. With many opportunities in the IoT space the industry can become more efficient and smarter. BIM not only focuses on many of the core programmes that WLPGA has delivered in the past – to ensure a safe and sustainable industry – but will also closely monitor standards and report on new developments and the industry in general. BIM also firmly addresses the issue of diversity, not only gender balance but also regarding the engagement of youth as a critical path to ensure a bright future for our industry.

In addition to the worrying climate change challenge, the COVID-19 crisis has brought many other challenges for the industry, with greater uncertainty in the short-term. In this uncertain environment, we must be more agile and open to change, but above all, have the leadership and the policies necessary to cross this whirlwind.

To ensure the compliance of Good Industry Practices, a Code of Conduct was established. It is a pre-requisite for any LPG Company to sign the Code of Conduct in order to become a member of the WLPGA.
” With its main objective to support efficient and responsible business, the Business Improvement Goal makes complete sense in such a difficult environment. We need to make the transition to a low-carbon future by promoting LPG as a safe and efficient fuel, respectful of the environment while meeting people energy needs. To do so, we have undertaken many important activities, reinforcement of safety in the business by issuing guidelines, organising training workshops, use of digitalisation and standards harmonisation to encourage business improvement, support of diversity in the LPG industry by increasing the number of women in the industry and attracting young talent. I am confident that the members of WLPGA will continue to support and contribute to the initiatives of all three of our goals so that tomorrow would be better than today. “
Blaise Edja
Downstream Manager West Africa, Oryx Energies & Business Improvement Goal Chair

IGO

Innovation
& Growth

Innovation; promotion of new technology and new applications; industry leading reports and raising awareness of all of these elements are indispensable for business growth.

IGO has a focus on identifying and promoting innovation in technology; identifying and growing new business sectors such as marine and bioLPG which were a main focus this year; and continuing growth in more established markets with potential such as Autogas, cooking and power generation. For the LPG industry to flourish in an environment characterised by aggressive decarbonisation targets and policy aspirations for the rapid electrification of everything, the industry must have immediate solutions. Demonstrating the viability of renewable LPG as a long-term energy alternative is therefore a key priority.

The WLPGA also regularly organises interactive workshops and courses between technical experts, members and key stakeholders to demonstrate the benefits of LPG and developed a single brand to raise awareness of the exceptional features of LPG among policymakers, industry and consumers.
” We are facing a tsunami of change within our Industry. COVID-19 made our customers realise the true importance of LPG in allowing home warming, and healthy cooking could continue even in the remotest places. Despite the pandemic, the world continues to march down the path of de-carbonisation. In this regard we have established on renewable LPG the ”possible” from a technology perspective, and now it is time to engage with policy makers and refiners alike to ensure we are included in the dialogue when both new energy related mandates, and production focussed investments are made. It is also critical to remember that today we are a healthy and thriving industry with many tremendous initiatives being brought to market, helping to promote a very buoyant global business grow further, based upon our drive to keep innovation at the top of our priorities. I am excited by the prospects to be realised in 2021 in the innovation and technology areas as we change and grow to a more future proofed business. “
Neil Murphy
VP Business Development UGI International & Innovation & Growth Goal Chair